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Happy Accident, plus More Dresden on Sale (ending Tomorrow)!

Filed under Back in Stock, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. But you can try searching on the same names (as links below) on the new site.

Beside the name of a pretty set of new papers, I’m going with Happy Accident for this past week (and the bits and bobs being announced today).

They’re an odd group, but there’s something for everyone:

A black cat (how can you go wrong?)

– A ridiculously fun little alligator

– An unfinished wooden side table (good for a tight spot… and not sure how it didn’t get announced till now)

The return of bling! Not only silver (with white or black mesh background), but new gold and red. (And those 2 silver ones are fun to dye with alcohol ink… see that snippet below of one dyed purple.)

Printed rice paper… ooh, this is fun. Tear it, cut it, glue it… it will dissolve into whatever you glue it to. And printed in a lovely hot air balloon design.

Back to that Happy Accident… what an inspired collection! (See the large image at right for an overview.)

A nice mix of moody (not dark) distressed patterns with ephemera images mixed in (receipts, advertising, children’s book illustrations, etc.). 4 papers from this line are in this set.

Note that 2 include mini versions on the back (like 6×6 paper pad size, but on the back of the full 12×12 sheet).

Oh, one more blingy thing: the Mini Ruby Slippers are back in stock! Yay! These are so cute (and well made, like the soles painted like tan leather). The importer (sadly) ran out right when I was ordering a big bunch to restock. But they’re here now!

Reminder: FREE Gift Kit with all orders ends Tomorrow Night: Acrylic Heart Mix!

There are tiny heart charms (with a brass loop — and on sale), mixed color matte hearts (also on sale), new flat-back hearts in multiple shades of pink (and red) — some are faceted and some are flat. But everything is acrylic (and heart shaped).

More info in Thursday’s newsletter.

ALL ORDERS through Monday, January 29 (2018) will receive one of these Acrylic Heart Mix Gift Kits FREE!

What?! More Dresden on Sale??

Yes, I’ve heard you pleading! In addition to the color and white Dresden sale announced on Thursday, I’ve added the Black Dresden section to the sale!

Never too early to start on Halloween projects (and the black trims are just generally cool, too)!

I decided to revisit a couple past projects by the uber-talented Design Team (and guest designers) using Dresden:

Angel Shrine by Teri Calia (at right)
That Gold Dresden Altar Set really makes this piece. In addition, Teri used an image from the Bouguereau #4 (Angels) Collage Sheet, and some tiny red paper roses (and mini red rose buds – variegated). Note: this Mini Shadowbox is a good size substitute for recreating this shrine. And (though not quite the same size) these Fancy Gold Dresden Rosettes would be good for a big halo at the top. Teri antiqued the gold dresden with some black ink. Easy and looks great!

Dragonfly Shrine by Wendy Anderson (see below for a photo)
So lovely! Wendy used an image from the British Queens #1 Collage Sheet as the central image. And the entire piece is surrounded by Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Turquoise (and she painted flat-back pearls to match). See my query below (in the Giveaway info) for more info about the dragonfly paper.

Reminder: All the color (and white) Dresden trims AND Black Dresden trims are on sale at 25% off! The sale will continue through Monday night, January 29th (TOMORROW). Some are in limited quantities so catch ‘em quick!

Hooray for the Happy Accident Giveaway!

First off, I’m including a set of the new Happy Accident Scrapbook Paper Set in this Giveaway!

AND everything I mentioned above regarding the 2 Dresden projects (!):

First from Teri’s Angel Shrine:
Gold Dresden Altar Set
Bouguereau #4 (Angels) Collage Sheet
Tiny red paper roses
Mini red rose buds – variegated
Mini Shadowbox (2×3)
Fancy Gold Dresden Rosettes

Then from Wendy’s Dragonfly Shrine:
British Queens #1 Collage Sheet
Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Turquoise
Mixed size flat-back pearls

To enter the Happy Accident Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, January 29, 2018).

AND tell me: Would you buy the Botanicabella Collector’s Edition? The dragonfly paper Wendy used as the background for her artwork is from the (now sold out) Botanicabella Collection. That collection has been re-released in a “Collector’s Edition” (see this Secret Garden 12×12 Paper Pad – Deluxe Collector’s Edition as an example of the size and price of a Collector’s Edition). So: Would you buy the Botanicabella Collector’s Edition?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via

Hey, who won the Very Pink Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Susan M L! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, January 28th, 2018

56 responses to “Happy Accident, plus More Dresden on Sale (ending Tomorrow)!”

  1. Ginny Over says:

    I would love to be part of the happy accident.

  2. Connie says:

    I love that paper. Yes, I’d buy it.

  3. Ronda Liebert says:

    I love the Happy Accident giveaway. and yes – I would buy the Botanicabella paper – it’s lovely.

  4. Barb A says:

    I love the Botanicabella paper, I was bought the original collection the first time I saw it(also have the secret garden collection). Both are fabulous, but then I’m addicted to Graphic 45 papers!

  5. Marilyn Ray says:

    Yes, of course I’d buy those papers. I love Graphic 45! So many projects I could do with them. My head is swimming

  6. Anne says:

    I probably would not buy the Botanicabella papers. I’m focused on other projects now.

  7. Barbara Johnson says:

    I love graphic 45 and would definitely use the botanicabella papers.

  8. Jen R says:

    I would buy them, the colors and images are stunning.

  9. Maria B says:

    While the paper looks right up my ally, I’d first have to use up some of my stash.

  10. Carol Slowik says:

    Yes I would buy the Botanicabella papers! Love them!

  11. KIM says:

    The Botanicabbella papers are nice .
    The Happy Accident Scrapbook paper set is what caught my eye, that’s what I’d buy .

  12. Angie Cook says:

    Yes, I would buy the Botanicabella Collector’s Edition paper. Just my thing!

  13. Debi H. says:

    Yes!! I would buy it! The colors are beautiful! And, I am in need of some new paper to do more creating 😄

  14. Diane says:

    I would make a botanical greenhouse! And yes I would buy it.

  15. Kat says:

    Yes ! I love the botanical paper!

  16. Teddee Grace says:

    I would purchase the Botanicabella Collector’s edition. So sad it is not kept in stock forever! The images are classic.

  17. Pam Burnham says:

    I’m making a large Tim Holtz folio for my sister to keep all her gardening photos and information. I’ve been cruising all the usual online suspects for BotanicaBella, so I would definitely buy it from Alpha Stamps if it were available . . .

  18. Rebecca R. says:

    I would buy them… they are very beautiful!

  19. Kim R says:

    Love the dragonflies!

  20. Laura Norman says:

    I love the BotanicaBella papers and have often wished I got them all when they were originally out, so yes, I would buy the collection.

  21. Kitty Tatman says:

    Yes, I will buy this collection. I love how versatile it is, plus Graphic45 always delivers top quality.

  22. Marilyn lLynsk y says:

    Di love the Angel shrine and have loved everything I’ve obtained from you and would love to be a winner of anything!

  23. Margaret D says:

    Oh I love those shrines! I have fallen for Dresden pretty hard. Love the new papers too. Nice colors and just what I have been working with right now. I would buy nearly anything that came from Graphic 45. Love the dragonfly paper.

  24. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun giveaway!! I absolutely love Graphic 45. I would buy the collection.

  25. Arminta says:

    The Happy Accident paper is great. I didn’t buy the BotanicaBella originally, so not now. I wish they had stayed with just plants and not added the animal kingdom.

  26. Lana says:

    I do buy papers from you, but would opt out on this one. I LOVED your game boxes and tiny button cards. I also bought a few other papers from you and the gold Dresden, I’m happy with everything!

  27. Emily Dale says:

    Botanicabella is the best I’ve seen from Graphics 45. Love it!

  28. Jaimi Bailey says:

    Honestly, no I wouldn’t buy it. As beautiful as it is,investing in a whole new stack just isn’t practical for me at this time.

  29. Jennie Ingram says:

    Exactly what Jaimi said above. ‘As beautiful as it is, investing in a whole new stack just isn’t practical for me at this time.’ They are beautiful papers thought!

  30. Denise Bryant says:

    I would… it’s beautiful!

  31. LeAnn says:

    I would have to use the last pack of graphic 45 paper that I bought before buying this one. It is beautiful though.

  32. Jo says:

    Just cleaned up my stock of papers and materials – ready for a new project! This would be perfect!

  33. Deanne says:

    I love botanicals!

  34. Anne W says:

    I like the botanical papers, but I have other favorites I would probably use first. I love those British Queens images and I would definitely use those in projects.

  35. Judy Goodwin says:

    Graphic 45 is always super and this set is so great so, yes, I’d buy this.

  36. Kimberly says:

    I absolutely would buy the Botanicabella papers!

  37. Marla B says:

    Oh yes. Yes I would buy the botanical papers🌼

  38. Ann F. says:

    Yes, absolutely, I would purchase the Botanicabella Collector’s Edition. It is lovely.

  39. Traci says:

    I already have the papers and they are beautiful but if I run out I would definitely buy them again. Graphic 45 is my favorite paper company!!

  40. Jean marmo says:

    Many of my projects are happy accidents. Love this.

  41. Catharine says:

    Hooray! Yes purchasing the boy animal collection would be hours of happy magic making. I would make a tiny apothecary shoppe with my grandbabes.

  42. Janet Turner says:

    Yes, I would love to buy it. Beautiful paper!

  43. Luanne Shoup says:

    Wow! Love the botanical gardens paper. So many possibilities!

  44. Roe says:

    I love the collection. I would definitely buy it. Love the shrines, also. I have been wanting to make one for a while.

  45. Nan N. says:

    Love the shrines &the botanical papers!

  46. Pinkie says:

    I love all the Graphic 45 papers, but they are often quite difficult to find in New Zealand. I would definitely buy the Botanicabella Collector’s Edition I found a couple of pieces of this, but not the whole collection. And I would love to be in the draw for a happy accident!

  47. Nancy E says:

    Count me in. I am all about Happy Accidents!

  48. Michelle Gajdacs says:

    I would buy the Botanicabella Collection. Just Lovely

  49. Verna says:

    I had this pack before and adored using it. I made a beautiful travel journal. I have always wanted another set of these papers to work up another book. Thanks for the chance.

  50. K Toews says:

    I LOVE the paper but do not use enough of it to spend that much on the pack.

  51. Leah Fein says:

    Oh yes, I would love to have them

  52. Debbie S. says:

    Congrats Susan! No, I would not buy the Collection at this time, but it is beautiful. Thanks for a chance to win.

  53. Mary Mac says:

    Yes, Love everything Graphic 45.

  54. Laural says:

    What’s there not to love! I want to make a few beautiful shrines for Mother’s Day